May 30, 2013
Blogging, Economics, Education, zobop republic
charter school, school choice, tax increment finance, vouchers
*This post was originally on my old Blogspot, zobop republic, blog. I wonder if this thought is still relevant.
Rich or so-called wealthy parents send their kids to private schools; they can afford it. [Or they live in wealthier school districts]. If not that, they provide advantages for their kids, like S.A.T. prep courses (which are not cheap), private tutors, etc. And once again they pay for it themselves. [Disposable income comes in handy]. Some people may say that is unfair and of a privileged mindset.
Poor people on the other hand also want to send their kids to private or charter schools. But since they’re economically deprived, they want or expect the taxpayer to pay for this “school choice” through so-called vouchers. Poor parents of school aged students have to realize the government controls this taxpayer money and will dole it out as they see fit. These vouchers are also just free money for some charter school administrators. By overcounting how many students they actually have, they just pocket the difference. This activity leads to corruption and taints the educational process.
Wealthy people don’t have to worry about these kinds of things, because they control the money for their private institutions.
Poor people are at the mercy of government controllers and other [unelected] public officers.
It must be good to be wealthy. It means CONTROL!
Food 4 Thought. More information on school choice : http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-chicago-reader-tif-archive/Content?oid=1180567
May 10, 2013
Africa, Email, Internet, Scam
Nigeria, phishing, Terence McCulley
*Without mincing words, I’m sure you’ve gotten this same e-mail too! Welcome to another episode of Phishing & Scamming. This one almost seems real. This e-mail is all over the internet : http://www.scamwarners.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=53925
OFFICE OF THE US AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA
11 GARKI ROAD ABUJA
WITHOUT MINCING WORDS, I AM CONVINCED 100% THAT YOU HAVE HAD BITTER EXPERIENCE WITH VARIOUS SCAMMERS ‘CLAIMING TO BE HIGH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS BANKS AND THEREBY DEFRAUDING YOU OF YOUR’ HARD-EARNED MONEY’ THE ACTIVITIES OF THESE SCAMMERS HAS CHANGED YOUR PERSPECTIVE ABOUT CONDUCTING BUSINESS ON THE INTERNET AND YOU NOW BELIEVED THERE IS NO GENUINE BUSINESS THAT CAN BE CONDUCTED ON THE INTERNET. WELL I AM AMERICAN AND THE INTERNET WAS CREATED BY AMERICANS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CREATING; AWARENESS FOR YOUR PRODUCTS/ SERVICES AND CONDUCTING GENUINE BUSINESS WITH EASE. I AM FULLY COMMITTED TO DELIVER THE DIPLOMATIC CONSIGNMENT TO YOU.I Am A FULL CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES BUT I WAS ON A MISSION HERE IN NIGERIA AS A US AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA.
HENCE, I AM MAKING EVERY EFFORTS TO ENSURE THAT NO CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES IS CHEATED BY NIGERIA/BENIN REPUBLIC. THEREFORE, I NEED YOUR UTMOST SUPPORT AND UNDERSTANDING TO ACTUALIZE THIS DREAM. I ALSO WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT I DO TRUST YOU AND I EXPECT YOU TO SHOW ME THE SAME TRUST AND RESPECT IN RETURN SINCE TRUST IS A 2-WAY STREET. ON THE OTHER HAND, TRUST IS A RELATIONSHIP OF RELIANCE. TRUST ALSO MEANS BEING ABLE TO PREDICT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE WILL DO AND WHAT SITUATIONS WILL OCCUR.
I SHALL BE COMING TO YOUR COUNTRY FOR AN OFFICIAL MEETING ON FRIDAY AND I WILL BE BRINGING YOUR FUNDS OF $15.5M ALONG WITH ME BUT THIS TIME I WILL NOT GO THROUGH CUSTOMS BECAUSE AS AN AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA, I AM A US GOVERNMENT AGENT AND I HAVE THE VETO POWER TO GO THROUGH CUSTOMS. AS SOON AS I AM THROUGH WITH THE MEETING I SHALL THEN PROCEED TO YOUR ADDRESS. (SEND YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER AND THE ADDRESS WHERE YOU WANT ME TO BRING THE PACKAGE).
YOU HAVE REALLY PAID SO MUCH IN THIS DELIVERY THAT MAKES ME WONDER. YOU ARE A VERY LUCKY PERSON BECAUSE I SHALL BE BRINGING IT MYSELF AND THERE IS NOTHING ANYONE CAN DO ABOUT IT. CHECK HERE: http://nigeria.usembassy.gov/biography.html YOUR PACKAGE($15.5M) MUST BE REGISTERED AS AN AMBASSADORIAL PACKAGE FOR ME TO DEFEAT ALL ODDS AND THE COST OF REGISTERING IT IS $120.THE FEE MUST BE PAID IN THE NEXT 50 HOURS VIA WESTERN UNION SO THAT ALL NECESSARY ARRANGEMENT CAN BE MADE BEFORE TIME WILL BE AGAINST US. SEND THE FEE TO MY SECRETARY IMMEDIATELY FOR THE REGISTERING FEE WHICH IS $120 ONLY.
RECEIVERS NAME:OKONJI ANTHONY
RECEIVERS ADDRESS: LAGOS NIGERIA
TEXT QUESTION GOOD
SECRETARY TO US AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA.
Phone +234 708 753 5463
AS SOON AS YOU SEND THE FEE MAKE SURE YOU SEND ME THE PAYMENT INFORMATION. MY FLIGHT IS THURSDAY AND I EXPECT YOU TO COMPLY BEFORE THEN SO THAT THE DELIVERY CAN BE COMPLETED. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLY, THEN IT WILL NOT BE MY FAULT IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR PACKAGE.
TERENCE P. McCULLEY
US AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA
April 25, 2013
Blogging, History, Prejudice, Society, Violence
Gordon Allport, prejudice, violence
NOTICE: I had this posted on my old Google/Blogspot blog until Google unceremoniously deleted my blog. GoogleYouSuck!
5 degrees of prejudice:
1. Antilocution. Most people who have prejudices talk about them. but many people never go beyond this mild degree of antipathetic action.
2. Avoidance. If the prejudice is more intense, it leads the individual to avoid members of the disliked group, even perhaps at the cost of considerable inconvenience. In this case, the bearer of prejudice does not directly inflict harm upon the group he dislikes. He takes the burden of accommodation and withdrawal entirely upon himself.
3. Discrimination. Here the prejudices person makes detrimental distinctions of an active sort. He undertakes to exclude all members of the group in question from certain types of employment, from residential housing, political rights, educational or recreational opportunities, churches, hospitals, or from some other social privileges.
4. Physical attack. Under conditions of heightened emotion prejudice may lead to acts of violence or semi-violence. An unwanted ethnic family may be forcible ejected from a neighborhood, or so severely threatened that it leaves in fear.
5. Extermination. Lynchings, pogroms, massacres, and Hitler’s final solution of genocide mark the ultimate degree of violent expression of prejudice.
Source: The Nature of Prejudice (c)1979 by Gordon W. Allport
April 17, 2013
Blogging, Crime, Email, Internet, Scam
identity theft, PayPal, phishing
Tis’ the season of e-mail scammers and phishers paradise! These people are relentless! [E-mail below as written.]
“Dear Paypal user,
As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the Paypal system.We recently contacted you after noticing an issue on your account.We requested information from you for the following reason:
Our system detected unusual charges to a credit card linked to your Paypal account.
Reference Number: GD:58848:79046
Please Login to your account to restore your account.
This is last notice to remind you to restore your account, until you restore your account your account will remain limited.
We appreciate your understanding as we work to ensure account safety.
<-_Click Here To Login To Your Account._->
Account Department of Paypal
Paypal Email ID: 47566:55478″
It’s good thing I don’t have a PayPal account but scammers wouldn’t know that now would they?
April 15, 2013
Blogging, Philosophy, Self Development, Video, zobop republic
acquire money, advance plan, maintain success, will power
As you can tell I haven’t made blog post recently. Writers block! What I need is some “will power” to overcome it. Positive thinking; it’s what we all could use. We don’t need stinking self-help books!
March 29, 2013
America, Black Americans, Chicago, History, Prejudice, Society, Violence, zobop republic
census, gangs, Gaylords, hoodie culture, Ku Klux Klan, white flight
*This stream of thought permits me a “terse” American cultural comparison between the past and contemporary society. Am I the only one who notices?
Social violence of whites and blacks have disturbing similarities.
Pre-1960′s through early 1980′s:
- Blacks find white hooded culture, (Ku Klux Klan), intimidating.
- White’s didn’t want Blacks going to their Public Schools.
- White youth groups, (i.e. gangs [Chicago's Gaylords]), harassed and threatened Blacks from crossing street boundaries. Resorted to violence at times.
- White Flight; most whites left the city, for the suburbs, leaving a poor tax base. No revenue for resources.
1990′s through early 21st century:
- Blacks find Hip Hop hoodie culture malevolent and intimidating, at times.
- Black communities don’t want privately run charter schools closing down and taking control of neighborhood Public Schools.
- Black youth groups, (i.e. gangs or cliques), harass and intimidate other Blacks from crossing street boundaries. They have been using violence ever since.
- Due to high incarceration, (county jails & prisons), and high home foreclosures, Black communities are losing residents. These plus unemployment and poverty creates a poor tax base. No revenue for resources. [Chicago's Black citizens have been in decline].
I can’t think of any more examples now. But I’m sure I’ll notice more in the future. But seriously, am I the only one who notices?
THAT’S MY POINT OF VIEW.
March 22, 2013
America, Capitalism, Education, Politics, Society, zobop republic
ALEC, lobby group, opinion, schools
American Legislative Executive Council
Lobby group who wine and dine politicians in order to sell-out public interest. *my opinion*
No Child Left Behind
This effort actually leaves children behind;
By pushing students out of education;
With less funding for schools;
Which leads to no educational opportunities.
Poor and minority students are being incarcerated at alarming rates.
Community colleges might be next on the chopping block for reformation and privatization efforts.
March 20, 2013
Economics, Email, Scam
acquire money, scam alert
Welcome to another episode of zobop republic Scam Alert. I never heard of Regions Financial anyway. Here’s the full e-mail below:
“Dear Regions Online® Client:
Due to several failed attempts to access to your Regions® Online Account, we have temporarily disabled your account for protection.
You must re-activate your Regions® Online Account within the next 24 hours to continue using it.
Thank you for being a valued Regions client.
© 2013 Regions Financial Corporation. All Rights reserved”
Does that above link look like the Regions Financial website?
March 15, 2013
human-rights, slavery, Spinoza, statecraft
Nobody has the authority to decide my rights. Everyone in the state of nature decides what is good or bad, and what is necessary to his preservation.
If the citizens begin to fear the State, the State will lose its power, and fall prey to the factions it has stirred up.
The weak man, the slave, is not someone of lesser strength in absolute terms. The weak man is he who remains cut off from his power of action, kept in slavery or impotence.
Superstition is everything that keeps us cut off from our power of action and continually diminishes it. The source of superstition is the concatenation of sad passions, fear, hope linked to fear, the anxiety that delivers us over to phantoms.
In despotic statecraft, the supreme and essential mystery is to hoodwink the subjects, and to mask the fear, which keeps them down, with the specious garb of religion, so that they may fight as bravely for slavery as for safety.
*Taken from : “Expressionism in Philosophy : Spinoza by Gilles Deleuze
March 13, 2013
Philosophy, Self Development, zobop republic
build future, time
Man is a creature who has notions of the past and entertains expectations of the future, he often misuses his idea of time, especially the past and present. He distorts the first and squanders the second, thereby assuring that the future will be a carbon copy of the past.
The future means the insecurity of unknown danger and fear.